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Detroit’s Electric Future is Closer than Expected

With Detroit being the Motor City and more and more automakers focusing on electric vehicle production, it’s no surprise that many people talk about the future of Detroit being electric. What many people may not realize, however, is that Detroit’s shift towards being the EV epicenter of the country is closer than they may have thought. This article briefly looks at some of the EV production that has taken place, and is set to take place, in the Motor City and why Detroit could be the ideal spot for EV research and production.

It may come as news to some locals, but Detroit already got its feet wet in the realm of EV’s with the Tesla Roadster. Produced from 2008-2012, the Tesla Roadster originally featured a troublesome two-speed gearbox that was prone to failure, leaving the car stuck on the side of the road. This all changed when George Clooney, who owned a Roadster, publicly complained to Tesla about the faulty gearbox that frequently left him broken-down. It’s one thing when you have a mechanical problem with the vehicle you’re producing, but when a world-famous celebrity sheds light on the issue, it’s time to find a solution – and fast!

To fix their gearbox problem, Tesla turned to the BorgWarner engineers in Auburn Hills. The engineers were able to design a new single-speed transmission on the fly to replace the old, faulty model initially produced in the Roadster. The speed and level of quality of which the Detroit-area engineers were able to remedy the problem was the first indicator to the EV market that Detroit was ready for the electric future.

More recently, as I’ve discussed in some of my other articles, new EV startup Rivian Automotive has also decided to headquarter itself in the metro Detroit area. As the startup was still in its earliest stages of development, the executives frequently found themselves in the Detroit area as they met with suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and other entities necessary for the eventual production and distribution of Rivian’s vehicles. With a massive logistics and supply base ready for the automotive industry already in place in Detroit, and with companies such as Delphi Technologies looking to move the EV components they’ve developed in large economies of scale, it’s no wonder why EV startups are looking at Detroit to call home. Further, due to the fear of passing up on what could be “the next Tesla” and not wanting to miss out on the next big thing, Detroit-based suppliers have been willing to absorb some of the production costs affiliated with EV production in an effort to incentivize startups to come to the area. And, luckily for Detroit, it’s starting to work.

Aside from Tesla’s brief run with Detroit engineering and Rivian Automotive, another contender entered the realm of Detroit EV’s within the last year. Originally from Hobart, N.Y., Bollinger Motors made the move to Detroit last Fall and has been steadily gaining traction ever since. It’s been about two years since Bollinger introduced the boxy B1, which the company calls a sport-utility truck, at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan. Since then, the company has also started conceptualizing and planning for the B2, a four-door version of the B1, as well as an electric pickup. Although they still need to secure $100 million in order to finish their engineering work and enter the production phase, Bollinger has received their manufacturer’s plates from the state, meaning they’re able to test vehicles on the road and are one step closer to hitting the pavement for good. By 2020, the company expects to grow from its 17 full-time employees to roughly 100 full-time employees in the Detroit area.

Overall, there could be a lot of change headed for Detroit in the next few years. Detroit-based engineers, manufacturers and suppliers are calling on EV startups around the country, and the startups are listening. It’s not out of the question that more startups may form and move to Detroit to take advantage of the pre-existing production and distribution platforms. In a short amount of time, we very well may see a shift from the Motor City to the Electric City – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

At Holbrook Auto Parts, we’re excited to see these electric startups come to the Detroit area. Not only does it provide a learning opportunity for the industry as we all become more familiar with what goes into the production of EV’s, but this shift could mean a second wind for the city’s comeback. We’ve seen Detroit change and improve so much over the past years, and having more companies, jobs, and money come to the city instills more hope that the city will continue to grow.

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How Much of a Car is Really Recyclable?

As pre-owned auto parts remain a popular money-saving option for drivers in the United States, you may find yourself thinking about where those parts come from and how much of a vehicle is actually recycled once it’s outlived its use. You may be surprised to find out just how much of a car is made from recycled materials and how much resources are saved in reusing automotive parts and materials. This brief article will look at some of the numbers in order to break down just how valuable recycling is in the automotive industry.

You might think just a few parts here and there, like the battery, tires and body panels on a car are some of the main recycled parts and the rest of the car is crushed and taken to a landfill somewhere. In actuality, about 80-85% of most modern cars can be, and are, recycled. Many various parts can be removed, tested and resold to customers at discounted prices compared to new parts, and automakers and environmental activists work together to ensure as many recyclable materials as possible are used in the production of cars. Because of these efforts, the automotive recycling industry is the 16th largest industry in the country, with about 7,000 auto recycling facilities operating across the country generating $25 billion annually for the national GDP and providing jobs to over 100,000 people.

It probably will come as no surprise that most of what is recycled on a car are the different metal parts found throughout the vehicle. Roughly 25% of a car is made from recycled steel, and each year about 14 million tons of steel are taken from salvaged vehicles and recycled. In the Unites States and Canada, that’s enough recycled steel to produce 13 million new vehicles per year! Estimates suggest that, with each ton of steel recycled, 1400 pounds of coal, 120 pounds of limestone, and 2500 pounds of iron ore that would have otherwise been used in refining new steel are saved. When it comes to the aluminum parts, although they only make up about 10% of the vehicle by weight, the recycled aluminum is worth nearly half of the recycled vehicle’s value.

Each year, nearly 220 million tires are produced in the United States, and 80% of them are recycled at the end of their life. Recycled tire rubber has many uses, such as being used in asphalt, as turf on artificial sports fields, or even as a softer alternative to woodchips on a playground. Considering how long rubber tires can sit in landfills and harm the environment, it’s important that we try to minimize the negative impact they have by recycling tires whenever possible.

Heading under the hood, wires and belts that don’t show obvious signs of damage and wearing out can be recycled and reused in vehicles that need replacements. If left undamaged and with low enough miles on it, entire engines can be reused in vehicles, or even rebuilt with newer parts to create an even more powerful or more efficient engine than what you originally started with. Alternators, transmissions, and other mechanical parts can be tested, cleaned, rebuilt and reused just like engines if they are undamaged and kept in good condition. Finally, it probably comes as no surprise that batteries can also be recycled; When you turn in an old battery after purchasing a new one, the old core is removed and recycled for later use.

Until fairly recently, auto glass has simply been discarded as the glass is actually layered between sheets of plastic to increase durability, making the materials difficult to separate and refine. However, new technologies have made it easier to process and recycle auto glass, which can be broken down and remade into new auto glass, or can be used in making concrete, fiberglass insulation, bottles and more. Further, if a windshield is in relatively good shape, it can be used to replace a damaged windshield at lower cost than getting a completely new windshield. In fact, on average about 15 million vehicles get their windshields replaced each year.

Many people may be surprised to find out that a vehicle’s fluids can also be recycled. Oil never actually goes bad, it just gets dirty with use over time. While improperly disposed oils and fluids can cause huge damages to the environment, the right cleaning and recycling of those same fluids can greatly help the health of the environment. Each year, automotive recyclers clean and recycle about eight times more oil and hazardous fluids than the amount leaked into the environment during the Exxon Valdez disaster!

Overall, once you really look at the numbers, it’s impressive to see just how much of a vehicle can be recycled. Considering how many resources go into producing a car and how many cars are on the roads, it’s no wonder why the automotive recycling industry is so important to the national economy. With efforts constantly moving towards more recycling and even cleaner means of production, we truly have a great opportunity to help the environment and save consumers money by recycling our old cars.

Holbrook Auto Parts is honored to have had the opportunity to help clean the environment and provide drivers in Detroit with affordable options on their auto parts and repairs with their service. For over 75 years, Holbrook Auto Parts has safely removed vehicles from the city streets and recycled the parts and materials for future use. If you’re looking to get rid of your old car or want to save money by buying pre-owned parts next time you need a repair, there’s nowhere better than Holbrook Auto Parts!

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Fixing the Game: How Holbrook Auto Parts Reimagined Mechanic Work

Since Detroit became known as the Motor City and started pumping out vehicles from the Big Three, there has always been a strong presence of mechanics, automotive dismantlers, and other similar workers in the city. Unfortunately, even as cars and their production became more clean, slick and modern, the dirty, unwelcoming mechanic and auto-service stereotype that surrounds the people that service the cars never left. It was here that Holbrook Auto Parts saw a divide in the vehicle repair market; Drivers want the clean professionalism they find in the repair centers at dealerships, but they don’t like having to schedule appointments way in advance and the inflated service prices at said dealerships. On the other hand, local service shops offered more affordable and faster service, but they were dark, dirty and unwelcoming. Holbrook Auto Parts was set on filling this gap and providing fast, high-quality local service and repairs in a clean, professional environment that would rival a dealership’s service bay.

First things first, the waiting areas and sales counters at Holbrook Auto Parts got a fresh coat of paint and the walls were decorated with automotive memorabilia that pays homage to the city of Detroit. Once the customers had a clean, updated area to be served in, the renovations really kicked off out in the service bays and salvage yard.

Breaking the Stereotypes

It’s a sad truth that a staggering number of mechanics, automotive dismantlers, and other such industry workers have to perform their daily duties in old buildings, dirty warehouses, run-down salvage yards or even their driveways. The first step in Holbrook’s renovations was to provide its repair and dismantling crew with a properly enclosed building for them to work in year-round and stay safe from the elements. The work bays at Holbrook Auto Parts’ salvage and repair yards not only provide doors, walls and a roof to give shelter to the employees, but the buildings, especially in and around entryways, are insulated to help regulate the temperature inside to protect from intense and uncomfortable fluctuations. Further, heat and air conditioning systems were put in place in order to really maintain a consistent, comfortable environment to work in.

Although Holbrook sees its employees as a closely-knit team rather than just laborers, ensuring they have a clean, comfortable work environment wasn’t the only reason for the changes Holbrook Auto Parts brought to the industry; Renovations were made that actually helped Holbrook Auto Parts boost their quality of work and service, as well as pass savings along to customers and help keep the environment clean. All the work stations at Holbrook Auto Parts are equipped with bright, high-efficiency lighting systems to not only cut back on business electrical costs, but to provide the best possible lighting for our technicians, allowing them to more thoroughly and accurately check, test, clean and rate the parts and vehicles that come in. The clean, well-lit work environment helps the Holbrook team to access and check more parts on salvaged vehicles, allowing for more usable parts to be pulled from them. Increasing the amount of tested, usable parts taken from each vehicle not only provides a larger inventory selection of pre-owned parts to customers but getting more parts from one vehicle lowers costs, and the savings can then get passed on to the drivers buying the parts.

Clean Service

Holbrook Auto Parts also renovated their yards in order to do their part in keeping the environment clean, which also saves a little extra money for the community. By buying up scrap cars that otherwise would be left on the streets, in empty lots, or in people’s driveways to break down, rust and leak fluids into the environment, Holbrook Auto Parts is helping to remove harmful debris and clutter from the community. Equipped with new, up-to-code fluid drainage and disposal systems, in house recycling and an industrial crusher, Holbrook Auto Parts is able to dispose of automotive waste quickly, safely, and in compliance with local and federal laws. Further, since a large portion of materials and parts on a vehicle can be reused or recycled into new vehicle production, Holbrook Auto Parts is helping the community cut back on pollution and lower production costs on the vehicles they drive and parts they need. Finally, by reducing the amount of space salvaged cars take up and recycling scrap metal and parts on site, Holbrook is lowering emissions and saving taxpayer dollars from being collected and spent on vehicle waste removal in the community.

Overall, Holbrook Auto Parts knows that its dedicated team of employees is the backbone of their business, and they made drastic changes to the perceived mechanic’s workspace in hopes of changing the way the industry and the world view automotive service. Further, by operating according to environmental code and taking extra efforts to clean, test and recycle parts and vehicles, Holbrook Auto Parts is able to give back to the community that has shown it support for decades by providing them high-quality parts at discounted prices, as well as by providing the community with a clean environment to live and work in.

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Are Ford and Volkswagen Partnering for Autonomous Vehicle Production?

Earlier this year, Detroit-based automotive giant Ford and German automaker Volkswagen (VW) announced that they have been in talks since mid-2018, and in January of 2019 they signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding the production of commercial electric and autonomous vehicles. With China, the world’s largest automotive market, and California, an undeniably powerful auto market, pivoting towards eliminating emissions and focusing on clean, electric power, it makes sense that the automakers would want to put themselves in a position to lead these fronts. While many supposed leaks have come out since this announcement, most of which originating in Europe, many of the rumors come to conflicting conclusions, making it unclear where Ford and VW truly stand in regard to a global partnership. This article aims to dissect the information currently available in an attempt to decide whether or not the partnership is plausible and, if it is, what it would mean for the automakers and the industry.

Recently, Ford has been struggling with declining sales in major markets such as China, Europe, and South America- regions where VW plays a dominant role in the automotive market. As Ford continuous to try to restructure and pivot onto a more successful path looking forward, partnering with an automaker that’s successful where Ford is performing poorly seems like a logical step towards getting the American automaker’s feet back under themselves. Already, Ford is planning on letting go of 54,000 jobs in Europe alone in an effort to reduce spending and hopefully increase profits in that market. On the flip side of the same coin, VW hasn’t been performing where they would like in America, Ford’s most dominant market. With factors such as vehicle automation and electrification put aside, this already seems like a potentially plausible partnership based on the markets the automakers could help each other gain more traction in.

Should a set agreement be made, this wouldn’t be the first time Ford and VW partnered up on a global scale. In the 1980s the two automakers partnered in a joint project called AutoLatina in a combined effort to tackle the then-struggling markets in Brazil and Argentina. Unfortunately for Ford, once things started shifting upward VW suddenly abandoned the joint venture, effectively stealing the positive momentum, which they still maintain today, and leaving Ford struggling in said markets. With that in mind, both parties are being careful not to rush into any joint projects that could leave one party vulnerable to failure while the other steals the market.

The Rumors

As stated above, there have been a lot of conflicting rumors about what the two automakers have been discussing, and what kind of partnership may come out of their talks. One of the more recent rumors, reported by a Wall Street Journal insider, states that VW is looking to invest a lot of money, reportedly a total around $1.7 million, in the company Argo. For those who haven’t heard the name before, Argo is a startup focused on perfecting autonomous driving, and they are a subsidiary of Ford. In regard to their current relationship with Ford, the Argo website reads, “Together, we’re moving towards 2021: the year Ford’s self-driving vehicles, with fully integrated Argo technology, will be in commercial operation in multiple cities across the country. These vehicles will be used for ride hailing and delivery services.” This comes just shortly after VW tried to invest in, then outright buy, autonomous startup Aurora. Aurora declined the offers made by VW and has gone on to recently announce that they secured over $530 million from companies such as Amazon, Sequoia, and others. It would make sense, then, that VW switched their scope to investing in a different autonomous startup, and the rumored investments they are considering with Argo could essentially make Ford and VW equal stakeholders in the company.

Besides simply buying into an ownership position, a lot of speculation says that VW would also bring their own assets to the table. On top of potentially investing into Ford’s autonomous subsidiary Argo, VW could share ownership of, or share knowledge and resources from, their own electric and autonomous projects. There is a lot of speculation surrounding the situation, but it wouldn’t be too far a stretch to see VW offering access to or resources from its Moia mobility service brand or the Audi Autonomous Intelligent Driving project. Further, as an automaker set to really make an impact in the EV market in the next few years, VW could potentially offer the use, or at least share manufacturing insights from, the VW MEB electric vehicle platform it’s inviting other automakers to use.

Conclusion

Overall, it’s hard to come to a sound conclusion on what the talks between Ford and VW might bring, as for every seemingly-reliable source of insider knowledge pointing one way, there’s another equally-reputable rumor saying otherwise. What we do know is that the automakers “signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate collaboration on autonomous vehicles, mobility services and electric vehicles and have started to explore opportunities,” meaning there are talks happening in the realm of EVs and autonomous vehicles for both companies. We also know that Ford CEO Jim Hackett told the Detroit Free Press recently that he is enthusiastic about teaming with the largest carmaker in the world. With Ford looking to cut costs internationally in order to increase profits, and VW looking to achieve a similar goal in the American market, it seems to make sense that the automakers would start a joint venture to help each other in their struggling markets. For now, we’ll have to just wait for the next official statement from the automakers on the state of their discussions and whether or not they decide to form a partnership.

At Holbrook Auto Parts we’re excited to see Ford and VW talking about potentially forming a partnership. As the Motor City continues to fight to restore itself to its former glory, Detroit could see a lot of much-needed jobs and revenue come from an uptick of Ford’s sales in a global market. Further, a partnership between the automakers could potentially create job openings in Detroit as VW establishes a stronger presence in the American market, further helping the city economy. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see how these negotiations play out.

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Holbrook Auto Parts: A Detroit Legacy

Detroit: The Motor City. Over the years, plenty of names have come and gone as the city remained synonymous with the automotive industry. Among all the change, however, one name has remained constant – Holbrook Auto Parts.

Holbrook Auto Parts has been a staple of the automotive industry in Detroit for over 75 years. Originally opened before I-75 was paved, Holbrook Auto Parts got its name from Holbrook Road, which it was located on before I-75 re-routed Holbrook Road and came through the area. Although the original location now sits on McNichols Road, the Holbrook name remained as a way to pay homage to both the city of Detroit and iconic road.

Being the Motor City and housing so many automotive headquarters and manufacturing plants in the area, Detroit gives automotive retailers and parts suppliers the unique opportunity to offer their customers a wide range of parts at low prices, often a fraction of what the same parts sell for elsewhere in the country. Because of this, over the past 20 years or so, dozens of business owners and entrepreneurs have moved into the city from the surrounding areas to open auto service centers, retail stores, and salvage yards all over Detroit.

Unfortunately, the overpopulation of such businesses and steep competition between them drove some businesses to cut corners in an effort to save money and be able to offer lower prices to their customers. This led to negative impacts on the environment, as some yards didn’t follow the appropriate laws and regulations regarding recycling and cleaning vehicles and auto parts, as well as hurt customers who may have been sold faulty, untested, incorrect, or damaged parts when they simply were trying to save a few extra dollars on the parts and service they needed.

In 2000, Holbrook Auto Parts changed ownership and started to undergo a major makeover. In an effort to reimagine what it means to be an auto parts retailer and salvage yard, and to steer away from the stereotypical dirty, dingy picture of what auto shops and salvage yards were in the past, Holbrook Auto Parts began to change both its appearance and business operations.

Taking notes from some of the most successful auto parts servicers and retailers in and around the city – such as Middleton Auto Parts, Schram Auto Parts, Highway Auto Parts, and others – Holbrook Auto Parts opted for a more modern-looking building exterior and a clean, welcoming interior with artwork and memorabilia honoring the city of Detroit decorating the walls. Work bays out in the yard were enclosed, outfitted with new lights, insulated, and had air and heat installed to provide employees with a comfortable climate-controlled environment to work in regardless of the weather conditions outside. Out in their salvage yard, Holbrook Auto Parts organized all their parts and vehicles into an easy-to-manage shelf system that resembles a massive inventory warehouse, making it easier to track what comes in and out and speeding up their service times.

When it comes to their day-to-day operations, the new management relies on their Christian values to guide the way they do business; Instead of seeing employees as just workers, Holbrook Auto Parts is operated by a closely-knit team that prides itself in conducting fair business and helping customers in any way they can. The Holbrook Team treats all of their customers equally, and carefully and respectfully listens to their problems and feedback in order to provide the best possible service to their loyal customer base. The Holbrook Team is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help their customers, and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure their customers have the best possible experience doing business with them. The staff at Holbrook Auto Parts understands that car ownership is often an expense, not an investment, and they strive to help their customers lower that expense by providing high-quality, tested parts and fast service at the lowest possible prices, so that drivers can keep their vehicles running longer without breaking the bank.

In an effort to further improve their service, Holbrook Auto Parts joined Midwest Runner, an organization which connects automotive yards around the Midwest in order to allow for the easy transportation of automotive parts across state lines. By joining Midwest Runner, Holbrook Auto Parts is able to special order parts their customers need that may not be available in their current inventory. Further, by networking with exemplary auto yards around the Midwest, Holbrook Auto Parts is able to gain insight on ways to improve their business operations, as well as their customers’ experience, and keep the cost of stocking their inventory low so that they can pass the savings along to their customers.

Despite all the updates to the building atmosphere and business operations, it became clear that these changes meant nothing if their customers couldn’t reach them. It was this mindset that led to their expansion across Detroit, and Holbrook Auto Parts now proudly serves the Detroit area from four different locations, the newest of which opened just a few months ago in Brownstown Charter Township and offers both a parts retail store as well as a salvage yard.

Through all of its changes, Holbrook Auto Parts credits much of their success to the support of the community and their relationship with their customers. Because of this, Holbrook Auto Parts strives to give back to the community whenever possible, and they do so in a few ways.

In an effort to take care of the environment, Holbrook Auto Parts ensures that salvaged and broken-down vehicles are taken off the streets and out of people’s driveways and properly transported to their salvage yards. There, any parts that can be reused are then thoroughly cleaned and tested before being sold at a discounted price to drivers looking to save money on their repairs. Any parts or materials that cannot be salvaged are recycled in accordance with environmental protection laws, and fluids are drained and disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way.

Outside of ensuring the environment is kept clean and responsibly disposing of and recycling the city’s vehicles, Holbrook Auto Parts has also given back to the community in the form of a playground donation. This past year, Holbrook Auto Parts’ 7 Mile & Lahser location noticed that their neighbors at Davis Preparatory Academy, a state-approved school focused on developing social skills and providing an excellent education to the children of Detroit, didn’t have a playground for their kids to play on. In an effort to give back to the community and provide the children with a fun and safe environment to play in, Holbrook Auto Parts built and donated a play structure to the school, which was completed and unveiled to the children just in time for the 2018 Holiday Season. The students and faculty at Davis Prep were thrilled with their new playground equipment, and the Holbrook Auto Parts Team was happy to have had the opportunity to give something back to the community that will be around for future generations to enjoy.

In conclusion, Holbrook Auto Parts is a Detroit legacy that’s positioned to continue serving the city for years to come. As both an integral part of the automotive industry and a cornerstone of the community, they are dedicated to being more than just an auto parts retailer and salvage yard; Holbrook Auto Parts works to be an industry leader that sets a positive example for other auto yards and retailers to follow. By putting customers first instead of profits everybody wins, as customers are able to save money and keep their vehicles on the roads longer, and businesses are able to flourish with a loyal customer base that trusts they’re getting the best products and services for their money. Holbrook Auto Parts is grateful for all the support it has received from the community over the years and looks forward to continuing to keep Detroit On the Move for years to come.

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GM and Amazon Consider Investing in Michigan EV Startup, Rivian Automotive

After amazing the industry with its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV concepts in November, Michigan-based startup Rivian Automotive is back in the headlines this week. Industry insider sources have leaked rumors that state automotive giant GM and e-commerce and logistics kingpin Amazon may be in talks about investing enough into Rivian to secure a minority stake in the company that puts the value of the startup somewhere between $1 billion and $2 billion. Although the rumors are neither confirmed or denied by any of the involved companies, insiders argue that the investment would be beneficial for all involved parties and investing in Rivian correlates with GM and Amazon’s current strategies and recent acquisitions. If a deal is sorted out, experts suggest we could hear the announcement as early as the end of this month.

Although none of the involved companies have released any sort of direct comments regarding the rumored deal, a look at recent investments and strategies implemented by Amazon and GM suggest that having a stake in Rivian’s production and technology would be beneficial to their plans for the future. In an emailed statement which vaguely addresses the rumored deal, GM stated that they “admire Rivian’s contribution to a future of zero emissions and an all-electric future.” Further, a deal with Rivian could give GM a future advantage, as the automaker is already one of the top-selling truck producers in the country, as well as one of the most developed automakers in terms of electric vehicles, so a partnership could help GM be the first company to get electric trucks on the road ahead of Tesla, Ford, or another competitor.

Although they declined to comment on the situation, the deal would go hand-in-hand with Amazon’s $530 million funding of self-driving car startup Aurora Innovation Inc. announced recently. Amazon has also been steadily building up the reaches of its logistics network, building warehouses all over the world and making deals with Mercedes, as well as with cargo airlines, to help with delivery of their products. At the very least, an investment in Rivian could promote a cleaner logistics network for the e-commerce giant and/or provide them with a vehicle platform for moving products between departments or facilities.

Rivian Automotive was quietly founded in 2009 by 35-year-old CEO and MIT graduate R.J. Scaringe, and now employs almost 600 people in its offices around the country. Joining Scaringe at Rivian is Mark Vinnels, a former employee of McLaren who now serves as Rivian’s director of engineering, and Rivian’s Vice President of Design, Jeff Hammoud, is an Oakland University graduate and former design chief for Jeep. Currently, Rivian has based its operations in tech-center corridors in California, as well as in Plymouth Township in Michigan and at a former Mitsubishi manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois.

Rivian first showcased its initial two concepts, the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in November, and there has been a constant buzz surrounding the company ever since. The R1T truck is going to be more geared to outdoor fun as opposed to work, but don’t let that discourage you. By using four motors, one for each wheel, the R1T is expected to be able to sprint 0-60 in three seconds or less, have a tow rating of 11,000 pounds, and have some impressive off-road capabilities. Some luxury features coming to the truck will be a powered hood for the front trunk, a gear tunnel in the bed designed to store things like strollers, snowboards, golf bags, etc., and three 110-volt outlets in back can power up and tools or gadgets you might need outdoors- all monitored and protected by anti-theft cameras in back.

According to CEO Scaringe, the Rivian vehicle’s platform is what he calls a “skateboard” platform, which packages the drive units, battery pack, suspension system, brakes and cooling system all below wheel height to allow for more storage space and greater stability from the lower center of gravity. Although they aren’t manufacturing their own batteries, Rivian is doing extensive research on the EV batteries in an effort to understand them better than even the batteries’ manufacturer, and they have been working on perfecting the ultimate cooling system in order to allow for the best performance without any loss of the batteries’ total lifespan. By creating a “double-decker” battery with a cooling layer in between, Rivian promises the ability to handle massive 180-kWh and 135-kWh capacity packs for its vehicles; to put things into perspective, Tesla currently offers 100-kWh batteries. With that being said, the R1T is expected to have a range of up to 450 miles, although time will tell if that’s really a possibility.  The trucks are expected to start hitting pavement in late 2020 with a price tag slightly over $60,000.

Overall, investing in Rivian could be a big power move for both Amazon and GM. The startup certainly has caught the attention of big players in the industry due to its unique-yet-familiar futuristic design and impressive expected vehicle performance. As trucks and SUVs continue to dominate the market, it’s nice to see new options popping up that give consumers the size and versatility they want in a vehicle without as large of a negative impact on the environment. We’ll have to wait and see if any deals can be made and what changes they may bring to the industry in the near future.

At Holbrook Auto Parts, we believe that being as eco-friendly as possible is one of the most important parts of being in the automotive industry. It’s our responsibility as drivers, retailers and manufacturers to reduce the amount of harmful emissions we put into the environment through making and using vehicles, and the best ways to do that is by choosing clean fuel sources such as electricity, and by recycling auto parts and materials whenever possible. Even if you don’t have a flashy new EV, you can still help the environment by disposing of or selling your used auto parts to salvage yards like Holbrook Auto Parts where they can be cleaned, tested, and either resold or properly recycled. By doing so, not only are you reducing your negative impact on the environment, but you’re giving drivers such as yourself the opportunity to save money on their vehicle expenses by providing the option of buying pre-owned parts at a discounted price as opposed to buying expensive new parts.

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GM Employees: Will Detroit Gain or Lose Jobs with the Automotive Giant?

This week, Motor City giant GM started its layoffs of blue and white-collar jobs in North America in a move to greatly reduce spending and prepare the automaker for an expected slowdown of sales in the automotive market in coming years. Overall, GM is looking to cease production of six passenger car lines that include the Cadillac flagship, the CT6 sedan, and the Chevy Volt, GM’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle.

While this is happening, GM also made an announcement this week that they were adding 1,000 workers to their plant in Flint to prepare for the production of their new Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD. Further, in response to the 2,800 hourly-workers GM is laying off in North America, GM says there are 2,700 positions open to those workers working on the new heavy-duty trucks, and GM also claims that 1,200 of the 2,800 layoffs are retirement-eligible employees, which may potentially open up more positions in Flint or elsewhere for the workers being laid off. So, with that being said, is the Detroit area gaining jobs, losing jobs, are breaking even?

According to GM President Mark Reuss, so far 943 workers being laid off at North American GM plants have already accepted job transfers to other facilities, more than 600 of which will be working on the new trucks in Flint. In an effort reduce its workforce voluntarily, buyouts were offered to 17,700 employees at plants that are looking to stop product allocation, however, the acceptance rate initially was low. Although the number of workers accepting buyouts has increased leading up to this week, GM is still expected to hand out thousands of pink slips to North American workers to meet its goal.

Unfortunately, even with the 2,700 job transfers available and 1,000 jobs being added to GM’s Flint plant, it seems that overall jobs in North America, and in the Detroit area, will be lost. Estimates suggest that at least an additional 4,000 or so hourly and salary employees in North America will need to be let go for GM to reach its downsizing goal. Although GM is offering severance packages to the employees it needs to cut, documents from the Detroit Free Press suggest that these packages aren’t the safety nets employees were hoping for.

According to an article by the Detroit Free Press, GM employees that have been with the company for a year or less are only receiving two weeks’ severance pay. Employees that have been with GM for two years will receive a month’s pay in severance; those that have been with the company for 3 years will receive six weeks’ pay in their severance package. Those that have been employed by GM for 12 years or more will receive six months’ pay upon them being let go. One employee that was laid off shared that she was receiving three months’ insurance after being let go and is able to keep her company car until the end of the month, where she will have the option to purchase it. GM is looking at cutting “level 6 and 7” non-management positions and college hires in the Detroit area, as well as targeting the engineering division out in Warren. Although these layoffs and severance packages aren’t necessarily out of the ordinary, they certainly aren’t anything to write home about.

Overall, it looks as if the Detroit area and other North American regions will in fact be losing jobs with the GM layoffs in effect right now. Hopefully the production of their new heavy-duty trucks and future electric and autonomous vehicles prove to be successful enough to open more jobs again in North America to keep up with production. Until then, however, we will have to wait and see what happens.

Holbrook Auto Parts has proudly provided citizens of the Detroit area with jobs and trustworthy automotive service and parts for over 75 years. We hope to see GM and the rest of the Motor City pick up sales and production in the future, bringing more jobs into and around the city and restoring the Motor City to its past glory.

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Detroit Salvage Yards Clean Up Their Acts

Despite all the snow and ice that hit Michigan this week, Detroit is looking greener than ever this Winter. This week, Detroit Mayer Mike Duggan issued Executive Order 2019-1 to establish a moratorium on auto salvage yards, repair shops, and the likes in Detroit for the next year. Taking effect on April 1st, 2019 and running until March 31st, 2020, the moratorium is aimed at reducing the concentration of these types of business in the city, as well as weeding out such businesses operating without the proper permits or are not up to code in their procedures. Currently operating businesses with proper licensing which are following already-established regulations will not be affected by the moratorium.

Being the Motor City, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of salvage yards, repair shops and auto parts retailers in and around the city of Detroit. Unfortunately, however, some owners of these businesses don’t always follow the necessary legal steps before opening shop, and that can have many negative impacts on the community. In order to save overhead costs and be able to offer parts at untouchably low prices, some salvage yards, auto recycling facilities, and repair shops operate without permits, certificates of compliance, or business licenses. Further, some businesses have chosen not to follow environmental regulations when it comes to part and fluid recycling so that they can avoid costly installation and service calls for the required disposal equipment. Not only is this extremely harmful to the planet but draining fluids into the ground and letting parts rot and rust into the Earth could potentially introduce harmful chemicals into the city’s water supply, pollute the air, and in general harm the health of citizens in the community.

During the course of the next year while the moratorium is in effect, new businesses in this space in the industry will not be able to open shop or complete the necessary zoning, licensing, etc. needed to legally open. During this time, the city of Detroit will be ensuring that the businesses that are currently open are up to code regarding their permits, licenses to operate, disposal of waste, and so on. If a business does not meet the requirements needed to stay open legally, they will be forced to shut down and will not be able to open again until the moratorium concludes and they sort out the necessary legalities. The businesses which are currently operating legally, however, will not be affected and will be able to renew permits, licenses, and so on during this time if need be.

This moratorium is being put into effect with the intention to level the playing field for businesses and ensure that consumers have access to safe, clean, and legal auto parts. As stated above, many salvage and repair yards that are currently operating illegally attempt to save costs by improperly disposing of waste or offering low-quality parts to consumers. By not dismantling, cleaning, draining, and testing parts before selling them, these businesses are introducing harmful chemicals and dangerous toxins into the ground, polluting the air we breathe, water we drink, and so on. Further, by offering parts at unreasonably low prices due to skipping out on required legal procedures, these illegal businesses are able to run their legal competitors out of businesses that are selling legal, tested parts at higher prices to make up for the costs of operating legally, properly disposing of waste, etc. Although on the surface it may seem like this will cost consumers more, they actually end up saving money in the long run by purchasing tested parts that are certain to work, instead of picking up illegally-obtained, untested auto parts that are prone to breaking and needing more replacements down the line.

Overall, the auto yard moratorium in Detroit is aimed to be a great thing for the community. By eliminating illegally-operating businesses around the city, consumers will have access to higher-quality parts from trusted retailers that are actually interested in the well-being of their customers and their vehicles. Retailers will be more likely to stand behind their parts and provide better, legal, automotive services, and we can all enjoy a cleaner environment with less unnecessary pollution caused by salvage yard waste.

At Holbrook Auto Parts, we’re excited to see the city of Detroit stepping up to ensure the best possible business environment in this section of the auto industry, as well as ensuring the industry reduces its negative impact on the environment. With Detroit businesses running in an eco-friendly manner, we can safely continue to provide high-quality auto parts to our customers at reasonable prices they can walk away from happily.

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Man vs. Machine: Autonomous Cars Harassed by Drivers with Road Rage

For the last couple years, Waymo, Google’s autonomous driving program, has been testing their vehicles and logging upwards of 25,000 miles a day on roads in Arizona, and it looks as if they’re set to be joined by an array of other companies in the coming years that also want to test their autonomous driving technologies. Although the thought of soon being able to hail a driverless cab to get you to your next destination may be exciting to many of us, some people see the technology as a danger to their well-being and a threat to their job, and these people are making a stand against the driverless vehicles. In the city of Chandler, AZ, there have been 21 police-reported incidents involving the Waymo vehicles and disgruntled citizens. Are these people just a small group of outsiders, or do they represent a majority of the population that views the technology as harmful to our society?

According to Chandler police reports and reports from Waymo drivers (if you can call the person sitting in the car monitoring its actions a “driver”), encounters with angry citizens can range greatly in the severity of action taken against the vehicles. The encounters span everything from angry citizens simply yelling at “drivers” to, in one incident, brandishing a gun at the Waymo vehicle and passengers while yelling threats at them. Again, are these incidents isolated occurrences with individuals passionate about stopping autonomous driving technology for their own reasons, or do the individuals rebelling against Waymo represent the opinions of the greater population?

Starting on the milder end of the spectrum are the individuals that are simply publicly voicing their anger at Waymo and don’t do much more than slightly inconvenience the “drivers” in the autonomous vehicles. On multiple occasions, Waymo drivers have reported being screamed at, taunted, threatened, and told to leave the neighborhood (or even city) by pedestrians. Some of these pedestrians have even taken it so far as to impede the vehicle’s path. In one instance, a very intoxicated man stood in the middle of the street, stopping a Waymo vehicle in its tracks for roughly an hour while police arrived and defused the situation. With these more minor incidents, those that have voiced their reasons for wanting the technology gone typically cite the source of their displeasure as the fact that they weren’t asked to be involved in the testing of the technology, rather they feel that it was forced into their lives. Although Waymo and other companies did get permission from the city of Chandler to test their vehicles and technology there before cars actually hit the road, the citizens feel that they weren’t involved in the decision and are being forced to tolerate the presence of the autonomous vehicles. Many people report that they simply don’t trust the technology and think nothing can replace a human brain when it comes to operating a vehicle.

Getting a little more serious, there have been multiple reports of drivers running Waymo vehicles off the road or forcing them to stop and pull over. According to Waymo officials, they acknowledge how easy, in theory, it could be for a driver with road rage to “trick” the autonomous vehicles or force them off the road. According to the officials, the computerized systems in the autonomous vehicles is designed with safety in mind, and therefore the computer “drives” the vehicle in a very cautious manner. With that being said, a disgruntled driver could easily slam their brakes in front of a Waymo vehicle, cut it off suddenly, drive erratically near it, and so on to bring the autonomous to a vehicle to a sudden stop or force it to pull over. In one report, the same driver of a Jeep Wrangler reportedly ran Waymo vehicles off the road on six separate occasions before being warned by police to stop before there are consequences. One couple justified their choice to run Waymo vehicles off the road (until they were warned to stop by police) by stating a Waymo vehicle almost hit their 10-year-old son while he was playing in a cul-de-sac. A good portion of the other drivers running Waymo cars off the road are disgruntled employees working for transportation services that don’t want to lose their jobs to computerized vehicles. Smallest, still, is the group of people that are running the vehicles off the road simply because they want to- Waymo officials even jokingly agree that it’s just human nature to want to mess with or trick a machine.

In the most extreme cases, people have actually attacked the Waymo vehicles, with the intent of rendering them useless or scaring them away for good. On multiple instances, the Waymo “drivers” have reported pedestrians throwing rocks and other dangerous debris at the cars while they were driving. On one occasion, a pedestrian ran up to a Waymo vehicle while it was stopped at an intersection and slashed the tires with an unknown object before running off. In one of the most extreme cases, a man pulled out a .22-caliber revolver and threatened a Waymo vehicle and its “drivers” with it, although the individual’s wife claims that the event was caused by an age-related cognitive disease. In the case of the Waymo tire slasher, as well as many other individuals that have attacked the vehicles, they bring up the 2018 incident in nearby Tempe, AZ where a pedestrian was hit and killed by an autonomous vehicle being tested by Uber. Although no such incidents have occurred since then, many people fear that allowing autonomous vehicles on the road will certainly lead to more deaths and injuries of pedestrians.

Despite the alarming attacks on their vehicles, Waymo has been reluctant to press charges or work with police to apprehend the individuals that are acting out against them. Waymo seems to understand that new technologies will always have some pushback, and they don’t want to create further distrust and potentially disrupt their testing by punishing the small percentage of individuals that are causing problems. In fact, it seems like Waymo isn’t so much worried about the condition of their cars, but rather the psychological effect of the attacks on their “drivers”. Waymo officials have noted that, due to fear of being attacked or run off the road, some of their “drivers” sometimes switch the vehicles out of autonomous mode and manually drive the car when around other vehicles. Of course, they’re only trying to keep themselves safe and Waymo has no issue with that, however less time in autonomous driving mode means the vehicle learns slower, and testing will have to continue for longer before the full-fledged Waymo service rolls out.

So, do these individuals represent the majority of the population’s opinions about autonomous vehicles, or is this just a group of extremists? According to a Brooking survey, 21% of adult internet users said they would ride in an autonomous vehicle, compared to 61% that wouldn’t. With this bit of data, it seems like there is a general sense of hesitation towards the technology. This has to be taken with a grain of salt, however, as it must go on the record that there have only been 21 reported incidents in Chandler throughout the few years Waymo has been testing on the roads there. Considering the Waymo vehicles are logging upwards of 25,000 miles a day, that’s a considerably small number of incidents compared to the amount of opportunity pedestrians have to attack these vehicles if they feel so inclined.

Overall, yes, it seems there is some hesitation towards the overall adaptation of Waymo’s technologies. This hesitation, however, seems to be the normal aversion felt towards new technology; remember when portable phones were thought to be just a fad, and the thought of a powerful computer you could take with you was laughed at? Most of all, I think people are worried about potential job loss and injury. As Waymo and other companies further perfect their platforms, however, I’m confident all safety issues will be smoothed out and eventually these vehicles will find their way into society permanently. Until then, however, we’ll just have to wait and see if this battle between man and machine continues or finally dies out.

At Holbrook Auto Parts, we’re excited to see the automotive technology evolve and provide new transportation options to people all over the country. Until we have driverless cars in Detroit, however, we’ll just have to keep driving our own cars from stop to stop. Make sure your car can get you there with affordable new and pre-owned OEM auto parts from Holbrook!

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How to Extend Your Car Battery’s Life

Although the weather hasn’t really reflected it, it’s the middle of Winter in Michigan and that means all around Detroit drivers are waking up and walking out to their driveway to be greeted by a car with a dead or dying battery. Unfortunately, there aren’t any batteries on the market that will last forever; the typical lifespan of a car battery is usually around 4-6 years before it needs replacement. With the proper care and maintenance, you can cut down on the frequency you have to repair or replace your battery, saving you money and helping your car stay healthy in the long-run. This article will take a look at some of the easy at-home battery checks and maintenance items you can perform for little cost in your own driveway, regardless of your mechanical experience, so that you can get the most life out of your car battery before it eventually needs replacement.

Keeping Things Clean

One of the simplest actions you can take to keep your car battery running like new for as long as possible is to simply keep it clean. Over time, battery acid may build up on the outside of your battery and on the terminals, weakening the connection between your battery and battery cables, as well as potentially causing harmful corrosion under the hood of your vehicle. If, upon popping the hood, you find that your battery and terminals do need a cleaning, you’ll be happy to know that cleaning your battery and connections is actually quite simple, and you most likely already have the required tools laying around your house!

First things first, you’ll want to clean off the outside of the battery with a 50/50 mixture of distilled water and baking soda with a stiff, non-metallic brush. Make sure you remove and clean any casing or hardware securing your battery at this time to ensure there’s no hidden corrosion left on your battery. Be sure to also clean any other dirt, residue, or anything else that may be on the battery- a dirty battery can experience current drain and leave you stranded!

Next up, you’ll want to loosen the cables on the battery and carefully remove them. Make sure that, when removing the cables, you start by first removing the negative cable, followed by the positive cable. This will prevent any electrical arcing or shorting that could occur and harm you and your vehicle. If the cables don’t easily come off once loosened, use a cable puller to safely remove them. Never pull or pry on the battery posts while trying to remove the cables, as this could damage the terminals or even crack the battery casing, which may result in a dangerous battery acid spill. Once the cables have been safely removed, continue cleaning the remaining corrosion from the battery posts with your baking soda solution or a specialized battery post cleaning agent. Flush the battery with a little bit of cold, distilled water and make sure everything is dry before reconnecting the cables. It’s important that you reconnect the cables in the opposite order they were removed, starting first by attaching the positive cable and then attaching the negative cable, to again avoid any electrical arcing or short circuits. Double check that the cables are secured properly to provide the best possible electrical connection and consider using battery pads and lube while reinstalling your battery; they can help prevent corrosion and prolong the life of your battery and usually cost under $5. Finally, make sure your hold-down bar is secure- vibrations and bumpy roads can damage a battery that isn’t properly being held in place.

On a side note, keep in mind that disconnecting the battery while cleaning will shut off the car’s computer and various other electric-based functions. When this happens, some features may have to be reset, like the clock, radio presets, seat position, etc. If you want, you can pick up devices to keep your car powered while changing the battery to avoid “memory loss” in your vehicle due to a lack of power.

Fluids and Electrolytes

Your battery relies on an electrolyte mixture of acid and water inside its cells in order to receive and maintain a charge. Over time, however, the electrolyte levels of your battery may change, leading to a decrease in your battery’s performance and, if left unchecked, could shorten the overall lifespan of your battery. Your battery is especially susceptible to changes in electrolyte levels when it’s exposed to extreme temperatures. Although it takes a lot to completely freeze your battery, in cold weather the electrolytes are unable to perform at their maximum capacity, lowering the efficiency and performance of your battery. On the other hand, if exposed to hot temperatures for a prolonged period of time, your electrolyte mixture can start to evaporate from within your battery. Not having enough fluid in your battery will lower the amount of charge the battery can hold, and your battery eventually can die if left without electrolytes. Luckily for you, some newer car batteries are “maintenance-free” and don’t require you to monitor and adjust electrolyte levels. For those of you with a traditional “hands-on” battery, you can rest easy knowing that checking and adjusting the electrolyte levels, if necessary, is actually quite the simple process.

You’ll start by carefully removing the battery cell covers in order to check the level of electrolytes. A normal battery should have about a half inch of fluid in their battery, or the electrolytes should reach the bottom of the fill hole. If you find your battery is low, carefully add distilled water, being sure not to overfill. Once the water is added, make sure to wipe down any spills and let the water sit and mix with the electrolyte mixture for a few hours before using the battery. If you find a leak or crack while adding water, it’s unfortunately time to replace that battery.

Stay Charged Up

Even with normal weather conditions and proper electrolyte levels, there are still a few ways your battery can be left with no charge. First, and most obvious, is the use of too many electrical accessories, or the use of electrical accessories while your vehicle is off. When your car is running and driving, your battery is continuously being charged, giving you “unlimited” electricity while you drive. When the engine is off, however, all the electronics in the vehicle rely on the charge your battery has stored up.

There are many ways the charge your battery has can be impacted, both positively and negatively (pun intended). Having your car sit for too long without being used, taking irregular short trips in your car, and leaving on lights or electronics can all drain your battery over time. It’s best practice to unplug or turn off all the lights and electronics in your car when you finish driving and plan your trips so that your car gets regular use and isn’t being repeatedly turned on and off for short trips. By driving regularly and for longer periods of a time, you can make sure your battery is receiving a full charge while on the road. If you’re storing your car for a long period of time, do your best to store it in a covered, climate-controlled environment. It’s in your best interest to buy a battery charger made for long-term storage in this situation; these chargers continually check your battery’s charge and only send voltage when needed. Leaving a battery on a normal charger for an entire season can damage or destroy the battery and could potentially cause a fire or explosion from overcharging.

If you don’t have a charger designed for long term storage, try to at least make sure your vehicle is safe from the elements and the battery isn’t in too-cold or too-hot of an environment. Every few weeks, perform a battery test and charge if needed until you bring your vehicle out of storage. A normal 12V battery should test at 12.6V or higher to maintain a maximum charge. If you don’t have a battery tester or charger, you can do a simple test with your headlights. Turn your car on and idle it, are the headlights dim? If they are, and they get brighter as you rev the engine, that’s an indicator that your battery may have a low charge, and it’s a good idea to charge the battery up. Another sign your battery may be low on charge is your engine turning over slowly (or not at all) when you try to start the vehicle.

Something Smells Funny…

Sulfation is a term used to describe the accumulation of lead sulfate crystals inside a battery’s plates over time. Unfortunately, sulfation is something that can happen to any battery if it’s left with no charge for too long, and a bad case of sulfation may be difficult to reverse and may require replacement of your battery. Sulfation starts as soon as your battery drops below its baseline charge, which, in the case of a 12V battery, is anywhere below roughly 12.6V. The longer the battery sits below its proper charge level, the larger the crystals grow on your battery’s plates. Large crystals can be very difficult to break down and recharge, however it can be done. There are special chargers on the market with “de-sulfation” modes that gradually dissolve the crystals over time and recharge them back into normal material. It’s in your best interest, however, to try to avoid sulfation altogether in order to prolong your battery’s life. An indicator that sulfation may have started in your battery, besides the battery holding little to no charge, is a sulfur or rotten-egg smell coming from the battery. Besides keeping your battery charged to the proper levels, storing your vehicle in a way that minimizes extreme temperature fluctuations can help to prevent sulfation.

Replacement Time

No matter how well you maintain your battery, eventually it will need to be replaced. Most batteries have a chart on the casing explaining the expected life span of the battery. If you notice you’re approaching the end of your battery’s service life, it’s best to replace it sooner rather than later, even if you aren’t currently experiencing problems with it. Replacement batteries are selected based on the battery’s “Group Number” and “Cold Cranking Amps (CCA)” ratings. It’s important you select the correct replacement battery for your vehicle so that everything works properly and safely under the hood.

The battery Group Number is an industry standard regarding the physical size of the battery, the way it’s secured under the hood, the type of its terminals and location of said terminals. It’s important that your replacement battery is the same Group Number as the old one to make sure everything fits properly. If there isn’t a Group Number, you’ll have to buy a new OEM battery to replace your old one.

The CCA, on the other hand, is a little less strict. Your replacement battery should have the same CCA rating as the old battery at minimum, however it’s okay to replace your old battery with a higher- rated CCA battery, so long as the Group Number matches the original battery. Your vehicle will regulate the current that the battery outputs, so having a higher CCA rating shouldn’t give you any issues, however using a battery with a lower CCA rating can cause electrical system problems or may fail to power all the devices in your car.

Conclusion

Overall, there are a lot of factors that go into properly maintaining your vehicle’s battery. Failing to regularly check and clean your battery could end up costing you big time through frequent replacements, but with a few simple steps you can avoid costly repairs and replacements, and prevent yourself from being stranded somewhere with a dead battery. When it eventually is time to replace your car’s battery, make sure you bring your old battery core in to be properly recycled, helping both the environment and your wallet.

If your car battery is starting to die on you, or if you’re looking for the right tools to maintain your current battery for as long as possible, Holbrook Auto Parts is your one-stop shop for all your battery needs! We carry everything you need, from battery pads and lube to jumpers, chargers, battery testers, and battery replacements. Stop in today, we’d love to help keep you #OnTheMove!

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